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Love Associations

with Ron Deal | April 20, 2021
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What do you do when your love associations differ?
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  • In our book Building Love Together in Blended Families, Dr. Gary Chapman and I discuss how blended family love associations-meaning, the qualities or behaviors we associate with love-can be different on day one in a stepfamily. A stepchild may love their stepparent, but not respect their authority. A stepparent may love the children the same, but still find it awkward to hug their stepchild. When love associations collide, you get conflict. Recognize it takes time to merge definitions of love.

What do you do when your love associations differ?

Love Associations

With Ron Deal
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April 20, 2021
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Ron: What do you do when your love associations differ?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: In our book Building Love Together in Blended Families, Dr. Gary Chapman and I discuss how blended family love associations—meaning, the qualities or behaviors we associate with love—can be different on day one in a stepfamily. A stepchild, for example, may love their stepparent, but not respect their authority like they would a biological parent. A stepparent may love all the children the same, but still find it awkward to hug their stepchild.

When love associations collide, you get conflict. Just recognize it takes a while to merge definitions of love. Building love together, must be done together. For FamilyLife Blended I’m Ron Deal.

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